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Out of the Meat Locker - Cameron Moore’s Formula Drift Scion FR-S

by Andrew Jennings

Blood, sweat, tears. Words that are often used to describe the intense struggle that is in any form of motorsport. For meat butcher turned Formula D Pro drifter, Cameron Moore, they couldn’t be more accurate. As a privateer, his challenge for success in the sport has been a growing process each year. The 2017 season saw him jump up a notch into some more serious metal, a highly-tuned Scion FR-S. Read on to see the full story behind this incredible build, featuring a turbocharged, anti-lag firing, nitrous-injected 2JZ motor, one that even the most seasoned of veterans would have been eager to pilot.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild

by Mike Kojima

After 3 years of Formula Drift competition, our team had pretty much developed the BRZ chassis to where we were satisfied with its performance. After some post-season testing to try out a few new ideas we decided that with the development stable, it was time to completely go through the car, repair some minor damage incurred during three seasons of hard use and to rethink the car's layout.


 

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Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas.


 

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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Unique Cars, Engines, and Things

by Khiem Dinh

The LA Auto Show always has some unique new vehicles that budding automotive companies want to show off. For example, this new Saleen mid-engine and turbocharged car. It’s got the right recipe in my mind for an awesome performance car platform. It’s good to see Saleen back out making products. The big OEMs sometimes like to show off a little flair too along with new technologies. Then there are the other random going-on stuff at the show which I find amusing.


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show – Go-Fast Vehicles

by Khiem Dinh

The motorsport scene has undergone large technical changes over the last half decade with the implementation of high-efficiency technologies. Some of the technology has shown up in concept cars. Some of the technology in road going cars have been eliminated from the race car version. Then there’s just good ole big displacement with forced induction on top. There was even a bit for the off-road guys. 


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 PRI Show! 

Did you not make it to the 2017 PRI show? Not to worry, MotoIQ has you covered! We love everything about the PRI Show in Indianapolis, from the snowy grounds to the best companies and new products within the Performance Racing Industry!


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 2)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 1)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: The Cars of PRI

by David Zipf

PRI is full of cool and new speed parts, which the rest of the MotoIQ team is showing you.  But for a PRI newcomer, it’s the cars that really overwhelm you.  They are everywhere!  And, they are all amazing and varied, everything from rally demo cars to Drag Week veterans, to dirt track cars, to original Indy 500 winning racers.  We could fill a novel with the cars we saw, and in fact after walking the PRI floor for an entire day, I STILL hadn’t seen everything there was to see!  Note to self: plan for more vacation in 2018…


 

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PRI 2017 - What's New and Cool Edition

by Erik Jacobs

It’s been almost two weeks since the 2017 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show finished its last day, and this coverage is just now coming out. This should serve as a testament to just how much is at this truly racing-oriented trade show. Unlike the party time vibe that the SEMA show fosters, PRI is all about serious racing business. Sure, there’s a few models here and there, but, for the most part, the wares are the star of the show. Here are a number of things that the MotoIQ staff found interesting this year.


 

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GTA Super Lap Battle 2017- Finding the Spirit of Time Attack with Blackbird Fabworx

We walked the pits at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle 2017 in search of the teams that were overcoming severe mechanical failures in order to pursue their fastest lap time. We call this the true spirit of Time Attack, and we think we found it with Blackbird Fabworx owner/driver, Moti Almagor!


 

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WATCH: GTA Super Lap Battle 2017 - REMARK Golf GTi Limited FWD

Kenji Sumino of GReddy talks to us about the REMARK Exhaust Golf GTi built to compete at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle. The car was driven by Global Rally Cross driver, Scott Speed, in the Limited FWD class. Take a look at the car and find out what times it ran in Buttonwillow Raceway's CW13 configuration!


 

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480WHP Honeywell Garrett Powered F20C: Devin Giles' Time Attack S2000

by Khiem Dinh

It all starts the same way. “I want to go auto-crossing!” you say. So, you start browsing the interwebs and research the S2000. You start auto-crossing and start modding and moving through the classes. Then, you do a track day. Then, you mod the car some more. Then, you do time attack. Then, you end up with a highly built race car like Devin Giles- owner and driver of this fast S2000. It’s a familiar path; there’s probably a support group for it out there.


 

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Unpimp My Ride: Transforming a Modded BRZ Into a Civilized Daily Driver with Pedders, Verus Engineering and ARK Designs

by Mike Kojima

Not all of us want a race car for the street. Although many of us are hardcore track day participants, autocrossers or canyon runner nuts, there are a lot of enthusiasts who don't want a super edgy race car with a license plate as a commuter or daily driver.  


 

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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Porsche

by Khiem Dinh

I was short on time this year at the LA Auto Show, so I had to do a bit of a blitzkrieg. The one booth I have to visit every year is Porsche because the cars are simply awesome. In addition to the GT2RS, Porsche was highlighting the Cayman and Boxster GTS siblings, 911 Carrera T, and a few 4-door sedans. I got sucked into the GT2RS and almost completely ignored all the other cars. 


 

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WATCH: GTA Super Lap Battle 2017 - Spoon Sports Civic & New Type R

The Spoon Sports came loaded to Global Time Attack's Super Lap Battle with their Unlimited FWD FD2 Civic and their new Limited FWD 2017 Civic Type R. Both cars put down some impressive times in the hands of Dai Yoshihara! Come get an inside look at the team's two car effort from team engineer, and chief nerd, Mike Kojima. Relax and let the knowledge come down over you.


 

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Honda S1000: How To Install A Motorcycle Engine in a Car

by Matt Brown

It is well established that:  Small Car + Big Engine = Hot Rod. The bigger the engine and the smaller the recipient vehicle, the hotter the rod. Putting a 1.8 liter in your Honda CRX? Mild hot rod. Putting a Space Shuttle SRB in your Peel P50? The hottest of rods. Installing a motorcycle engine in a car seems to be a violation of this rule. I hope you will agree with me after reading this article: it is anything but.


 

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Project Fried Turkey

Project: Fried Turkey

MotoIQ Staff Report

Well, the holiday season is upon us, and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style, which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.


 

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All-Season Versus Winter Tires: A Racecar Driver's Consensus

Presented by Tire Rack and Michelin

by Karla Pestotnik

I think I can comfortably say that I’ve used all-season tires in almost any creative scenario that I can think of. I’ve used them on a racetrack countless times in several different cars, trying to drive as cleanly as possible with minimal grip in search of the best possible lap time for each given platform. I’ve used them as “rain tires” because that is what was available at the time and had better water dispersion than race slicks in a sprint race with down pouring rain. I’ve done some off-roading with them on trucks, SUVs and even vans, and had my fair share of times getting stuck in sand and/or mud with them (a few occasions with a trailer connected even). I have even used them for what they are generally intended for- you know, normal driving in a regular passenger car on public roads and highways. However, after attending the Winter Driving Event that Tire Rack and Michelin hosted, I can now say that I have used all-season tires in ice drag racing!

We did several comparison tests to evaluate whether or not it's worth it to buy winter tires, considering how versatile all-season tires can be. What does a racecar driver have to say about it? Click to find out!


 

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Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Mexican Grand Prix

by David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! In case you missed it, MotoIQ will be bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!  In this edition, we take a look at the Mexican Grand Prix and look forward to the final two races of 2017.


 

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